A simple and brief early history of bicycles

The history of the bicycle is traced back to 1817 when German Baron Karl von Drais invented the running machine called the Draisine, or velocipede.  This was a steerable, human propelled machine nicknamed the hobby-horse or dandy horse.  It didn’t have a chain or pedals you sort of sat on it and walked or ran. Continue reading “A simple and brief early history of bicycles”

1971 Hercules Bicycle Ladies

This is my friend Glen’s ladies Hercules bike we believe is a 1971 based on the Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub.  He happened upon this bike after some maniac threw it in the garbage.  After some care and cleaning it’s a beautiful bike and fun to ride.  Believe it to be all original with theContinue reading “1971 Hercules Bicycle Ladies”

Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels

I recently purchased two 1974 Raleigh Sports bicycles that needed a lot of cleaning and a good refresh to get back on the road.  This involved cleaning up the steel wheels which were quite dirty and had bits of rust on them.  I wasn’t too sure how to go about cleaning these up, so IContinue reading “Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels”

Cycling with pain help – the bike fit

Any pain while cycling isn’t normal.  If you start experiencing pain every time you ride, you need some bike fit help.  Sure, you might get sore if you haven’t ridden for a while, but if you ride regularly and find something always starts hurting you need to make some adjustments.  Bike fitting isn’t just forContinue reading “Cycling with pain help – the bike fit”

How to straighten a bike wheel rim help

Bike wheels often develop a bit of a wobble that should be straightened out.  If the wobble is too big it will often drag a little on the brakes and slow you down.  While it might seem like a task for the professional mechanic, it’s not that hard.  You might think you need a fancyContinue reading “How to straighten a bike wheel rim help”

Park Tool SW-7.2 Triple Spoke Wrench Review

Every bike mechanic should have a spoke wrench in the toolbox.  And since there are many different spoke sizes you can either have several, or get this neat triple spoke wrench from Park Tool.  I have some of their more expensive single wrenches, but I find this is still the one I always reach for. Continue reading “Park Tool SW-7.2 Triple Spoke Wrench Review”

1974 Raleigh Sports Ladies Bicycle

I didn’t just get one vintage bike, I got a couple.  This is the ladies version of the Raleigh Sports.  She is in a little better shape than the men’s bike: I think it is pretty much the same bike, except for the frame with the step through top tube. I think she does haveContinue reading “1974 Raleigh Sports Ladies Bicycle”

1974 Raleigh Sports Men’s bicycle

This week I added a couple new bikes to the fleet.  The first one is a 1974 Raleigh Sports in bronze green color.  It’s in pretty good shape for its age, but I plan to give it a big refresh.  A friend of mine found an old Hercules in a dumpster that he has beenContinue reading “1974 Raleigh Sports Men’s bicycle”